I have lots of news!!
We are looking forward to the Sponsors Appreciation Luncheon set for October 3rd at Lutheran Social Services. We have a lot of stories and reports about the girls to share. I was able to talk to all of the mentors recently! Most of our girls are doing extremely well. One girl got accepted to join a university. A lot of them are attending vocational training. The bi-yearly report we got so far is very encouraging.
All the mentors in Ethiopia will be attending a two-week workshop that our volunteer, Kathleen Moore, is conducting the first week of October. She will focus on record-keeping, letter writing, English, communication, planning, and how to support the girls who are having difficulties.
If you are interested in being more involved in this life-transforming work, please attend an upcoming coffee meeting with REAL Board members on October 17 (the exact time and location is yet to be determined). Sponsors are particularly encouraged to attend.
Finally, the REAL Board members are holding a strategic planning retreat on November 21.
All in all, the organization is alive and moving forward and best of all, the future is bright for REAL girls/young women.
Tsehai Wodajo, REAL Executive Director